Sen. John Cornyn weighed in today on a bipartisan Senate plan for immigration reform.

The plan calls for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the United States, without requiring them to first return to their home country.  It also includes an employment verification system to stop the hiring of undocumented citizens in the future.

This afternoon, Democrats Chuck Schumer, Robert Menendez and Michael Bennet and Republicans Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham and John McCain laid out the framework for the plan. 

“Any immigration legislation that passes Congress must establish practical, legal channels for workers to enter the United States,” Schumer said during the news conference.  “Whether they’re high-skilled, low-skilled, or agricultural workers so we can free up federal officials to focus on those individuals truly intending to do our nation harm.”

A spokesman for Sen. John Cornyn issued this statement earlier today:

 

“Immigration reform has always been a top priority for Sen. Cornyn, and he looks forward to reviewing the Senators’ proposal. There are many facets to immigration reform, but one that must be addressed first and foremost is our porous border. Unfortunately President Obama has consistently shown he prefers to use the issue to score political points, and any progress will require his leadership.” 

-Drew Brandewie, Sen. Cornyn Press Secretary